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atop

[uh-top] /əˈtɒp/
adjective, adverb
1.
on or at the top.
preposition
2.
on the top of:
atop the flagpole.
Origin of atop
1650-1660
1650-60; a-1 + top1
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  • And now lay one atop of the other, and you have it––an invention of my own––a blueberry sandwich.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • “Drop her atop of the little rock as I say when,” growled Josh.

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
  • The others were tied together and one end made fast to a big stone—a loose one atop of the wall.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • Presently Will stumbled and fell, pulling down Robin atop of him.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • atop this the snow suddenly grew deeper and the ascent more precipitous.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for atop

atop

/əˈtɒp/
adverb
1.
on top; at the top
preposition
2.
on top of; at the top of
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Word Origin and History for atop
adv.

1650s, from a- (1) + top. Two words or hyphenated at first; not fully established as one word till late 19c.

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